Here we are, just 47 days away from shedding our layers and enjoying longer days of sunshine! I don’t know about you, but I’ll be good and ready to spring my clock forward! So what do we do to keep from counting down the days? Stay busy with really fun stuff to do!, and before you know it, Poooof!! our March issue is in your inbox!!
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We all know that February is the shortest month, and it’s cold AF, but it’s really cool things to do, and you have to know that New York doesn’t stop for the weather, we dress for it! Here are a few things that you should do in Brooklyn this February. And if you need another layer, head over to our #Bodega and cop that hoodie by Strate Trooper. #STR8TRUPR
Have you experienced Ice Skating in Prospect Park?
I can’t skate on ice. I can’t skate on cement, concrete, rubber pavement or anything really. I just can’t skate. I did DJ for ice skaters at a hotel in the meatpacking district, which made me realize how amazing Prospect Park is, to offer ice skating. If you’re not clear on Prospect Park, always remember that it is designed by the Olmstead crew that built and designed Central Park. Since you’ll be in Brooklyn, remember to act accordingly, get your mind right and maybe purchase an adult beverage if you don’t bring the kids. It’s at Lefrak Center in Prospect Park, which is named after a guy who also has a full NYCHA housing project in his name in Queens. Skate, and maybe fall in love in a world-class park.
The amazing MoCada Museum
MoCada is great, as museums go. It was started in 1999 as a platform for African Arts and since it’s inception, it has continuously exhibited amazing work, performed service in the community and put on amazing, engaging events. It’s a cultural staple in Fort Greene. They even have a MoCada house on Governor’s Island from June to October. Since we’re talking events In February, definitely check out the fantastic exhibition installed through March 8th.
In part two of a three-part exploration through the spirituality of the African diaspora, MoCADA follows acclaimed photographer Marc Baptiste to Haiti, as he documents a community in observance of RARA, the annual celebration of music that unifies African and Taino cultures through Vodou. From procession and protest to performance and pageantry, and grounded by spiritual ceremonies held en masse, it’s the unique festival that began in Léogâne long before the revolution.
It’s a myriad of cool bars and restaurants in that neighborhood, so grab food and cocktails at No. 7 or Brooklyn Moon to round out the experience.
Love Is Love!
This is a Valentine’s Day party not just for lovers of good music, but also for lovers of vinyl records, good wine, and craft beer. It’s held on Friday at Bier Wax in Prospect Heights, which is a great, vinyl-only bar, with over 1000 records that customers can play and a record store upstairs for vinyl collectors to purchase special platters to spin at home. The DJ booth is in the front, where the crew from Buena Vista Vinyl Club will serve up the funkiest jams featuring that cherished emotion called love. It’s on Thursday, February 14th, starting at 9pm. Dates are optional, love not required. Wait!, that’s not all….
The Chocolate Room is an extraordinary chocolate experience in the form of a dessert bar. Owners John and Naomi began their business in 2005 in Park Slope, BK (51 5th Avenue), with a shop on the infamous 5th Avenue or as it’s called by true Brooklynites, “the other 5th.” They built their business up to include a second location in Cobble Hill, a few years later, in 2008.
The Chocolate Room came about when John and Naomi first moved to Brooklyn and loved going out to the city but were a young couple just trying to make it in NYC. They enjoyed going out to cafés but didn’t want to spend over a buck for a full 3 course dinner. They would dip inside and take delight in the dessert menu because sometimes, times were rough.
They thought to themselves, that they can’t be the only couple that pleasures themselves in the last course of a meal, AS the meal. This was the beginning of their chocolate connoisseur journey.
The Chocolate Room in Park Slope is a picturesque dessert bar and shop, selling handcrafted chocolates, baked on-site, as well as many other chocolate delicacies. Their desserts are almost too beautiful to eat but also look too delicious to leave alone. The ambiance at this location is a bit more date night-ish, girls night out, business atmosphere. They also serve specialty drinks such as: Boozy Shakes, Brooklyn-ish Coffee and Frozen Chocolate Mudslide.
The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill has a bit of a different feel to it. It’s more of a shop in the front with a coffee shop vibe somewhere in the middle, with swivel bar stools and a counter and farther in the back is the seating.
Some of their signature plates are: The Chocolate Room Pudding, Chocolate Mousse and Banana Split, all with suggested wine pairings.
They have something even for those with special diets like gluten-free items. Some of their cakes include their Flourless Chocolate Cake and Ricotta Cheesecake.
Both locations are very family friendly, as the owners have two children themselves, so get the kid factor. They wanted a place where adults can enjoy a dessert and after dinner drink, along with a dish of ice cream for the children.
If you are strapped for time, then you can pick up a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. There’s a red heart box containing 30 pieces of hand-crafted chocolates and a 16 pc., strawberry truffle, pink heart box, both with a decorative ribbon tied in a bow.
The Brownie Sundae and Molten Chocolate Cake are delish and sure to warm the hearts of your loved one. Pair it with a port wine and get litty for the night.
If you want to take any sweet treats home, grab a chocolate or white chocolate covered pretzel stick, brownie bites in a to go bag, cookies, cupcakes, bark, chocolate caramel flavored popcorn, spiced hot chocolate or a few truffles.
They’re open til midnight, so you have enough time to lounge, if you get out of work late.
NYC Restaurant Week
NYC is filled with fantastic restaurants, which is one of the reasons that it’s an amazing city. But unfortunately, many of these restaurants are super expensive, which is where Restaurant Week comes in because it’s the opportunity to enjoy fine dining without dipping into your kid’s college fund! Brooklyn has a slate of fine restaurants, with great ratings, celebrity chefs and reservations that are difficult to grab. The set price for a pre-fixe, two-course lunch is $26, and a three-course dinner is $42.
Wine and alcohol are not included in the pre-fixe, but drink prices are also reduced for restaurant week, which runs from January 26th to February 9th. Make sure to make a reservation in advance, as the time slots go fast. I personally recommend, The Osprey Restaurant, located at 60 Furman Street, at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, boasts market-driven American comfort food, highlighting local seasonal ingredients by Denevin Miranda.
Guests can enjoy the delicious fare and craft cocktails in a bright and airy atmosphere, incorporating lush greenery and wall to wall glass doors to create an indoor-outdoor garden experience. Floor to ceiling windows reclaimed wood, and living walls wrap the dining room and bar – bringing the outdoors in – creating an elegant space where guests will feel at home.
Toni Morrison Festival
Toni Morrison is a national treasure, so her importance should be known for all. Born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, exquisite language and richly detailed African American characters who are central to their narratives.
Morrison has earned a plethora of book-world accolades and honorary degrees, also receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012! It’s at the Brooklyn Museum, on Tuesday, February 18th and tickets are going fast. Here’s the description from the website: “Celebrate Toni Morrison’s Birthday, Life & Legacy with A New Generation of Writers & Performers.” “Our Inaugural Festival celebrates Toni Morrison’s bold, fun, funny, deliciously mischievous and youthful spirit. Think Beychella meets a very woke New Yorker miniFestival.”
Get litty at this poppin’ hot spot in Bushwick! Located at 942 Flushing Ave., by the G train at Flushing Ave. station. They have it all from their infamous “Arcade Brunch” on the weekends to Sports Day on Sunday and Happy Hour everyday.
You’re sure to find your family fun here Tues. through Sun. (Closed Monday’s) until 8:00pm. After that, the kids gotta get out. Tuck them in and make your way out to Tiltz to get right.
There’s Taco & Tequila Tuesday’s and Wingsday Wednesday’s. Not only can you BYOT (build your own taco) but you get free chips & salsa with it AND a free margarita, too on Tuesday’s. There are a whole slew of fruity margarita flavors to choose from. Some of their famous wings you’ll find at Tiltz are: BBQ, Teriyaki, Buffalo, Henny BBQ and Roasted Garlic. Not your average wangs but it’s always good to try some new thangs.
We came down on a Saturday afternoon, w/ my lil homie, where the crowd was low key. They have a nice Bottomless Brunch deal for $25 lasting 90 minutes with unlimited Bellini’s and Rum Punch. Their Chocolate Fried Chicken & Peanut Butter Waffles dish with Jack Daniels Maple Syrup is off the hook. There’s also a Bananas Foster Pancake with Salted Caramel Ice Cream & Jack Syrup that the shorties will love. The Pound Cake French Toast with Berry Compote is a favorite as well.
Eat – Drink – Play is their motto and that’s exactly what you do at Tiltz. There’s a thorough menu filled with appetizers and meals, with iconic cartoon and video game character names like: Pac Mac (with various types of cheese’s included), Popeye’s Spin Art Dip (spinach dip & artichokes w/ tortilla chips), Angry Pasta (like Angry Birds) and The Fred Flintstone (smoked jumbo turkey & butternut & acorn squash sweet potato hash). It’s kind of like one of those “Hungry-Man,” barbarian frozen dinners, like Fred. BYOB (no, not bring your own beer), Build Your Own Burger, is a classic on the menu and of course, what would a sports bar be without some signature items like the “Tilted” Cheeseburger and “Tilted” Grilled Cheese.
The kids have their own menu of all that kiddie stuff they like and the dessert menu is pretty nice with: Deep Fried Reese’s, a Brownie Sundae and an Ice Cream Sandwich.
Wherever you sit or play, you can catch some type of sporting game or event on one of their many televisions. There’s also a bar, where most gather around to watch a fight or their team play at night. They have a 7 page cocktail menu with $2 off deals during Happy Hour: Marvel Margarita Monday, Apple Cinnamon Avenger Tuesday, Chocolate Pactini Thursday, Superman Punch Saturday.
The names of some of these drinks will definitely bring out the inner child in you like the TMNT and the Large Marge (fishbowl drink serving 4-6 people) w/ Blue Curaçao. You can even take out the little red Swedish Fish floating around and eat them. We won’t tell anyone.
If you’re feeling a little cold this Winter, sip on a Hot TILTZ Toddy, a Hot Buttered Rum or a Spiked Hot Chocolate, to warm you up. But if you need to taste everything or can’t decide on just one, there’s beer, whiskey and margarita flights!
It’s a great spot to hang with the fellas, take the kids on a weekend, catch up w/ your friends or go out on a date. The prices are reasonable and the games aren’t gonna kill your pockets. At $0.25 – $1.00 (only a few for a buck like Beer Pong and Punch Out) a game, you’ll be clapping back Henny’s and inhaling Tequila shots in no time.
The arcade will take you back and have you reminiscing with games like: Frogger, Mortal Combat and Street Fighter. Show off your skills with: NBA Jam, Dance Dance Revolution and Tetris. If you rather play some table games, they have those too: Domino’s, Scrabble, Big Boggle, Uno and a ton of other classics.
You can’t miss this spot, sitting right on the corner with graffiti art of Bart Simpson, Donkey Kong and Mario. So make it your biz to come out and keep those old school memories alive and maybe even share them with the next generation!?
Hours: Tues. & Wed. 5pm – 12am, Thurs. 4pm – 2am, Fri. 4pm – 4am, Sat. 12pm – 4am, Sun. 12pm – 12am
So there you have it, enjoy Brooklyn this February and tag us in any pics of places that you visit! And remember, there’s only 47 more days to go!!!
Book of the month: Sequin Soul Yvonne.
I would like to thank our contributing writers for taking the lead on this February edition. What a great job!
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